Welcome Tascha!

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Please join us in welcoming Tascha Johnson to the team as our Operations Manager!

From Tascha: “I’m originally from Indianapolis, IN.  I’m the second oldest of 4 and the only girl. I moved to Seattle almost directly after high school. At the time, there seemed to be more opportunities for success in Seattle, so I decided to take the plunge and make the move. After working for several years in and around Seattle, I decided that I wanted to make a career move that would be meaningful not only to me, but to the surrounding communities. I was working in retail, and really wanted to work with young people in underserved communities to help them to realize their dreams of higher education if they decided that was the route they wanted to take. So I decided to pursue my Bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in Portland, OR. I graduated with a degree in Public Health and a minor in Psychology, from the Honors college in 2016. I made my way back up to Seattle shortly afterwards to attend the University of Washington School of Social Work (SSW).  I am now a recent graduate from the UW SSW. While there, I focused on Administration and Public Policy as it relates to youth and young adults. And the many ways through policy that we can disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

Since entering graduate school, my desire to work with communities of young people of color has grown and expanded. After meeting Sean Goode, CHOOSE 180’s Executive Director, I worked as an intern for the organization.  I began to realize that if young people aren’t afforded opportunities to avoid engagement with the criminal legal system, then engaging with academia would be near impossible, or at least a distant afterthought.  After the internship ended, I continued to work with CHOOSE 180 in an administrative capacity and after graduation, came on full-time as the Operations Manager.  I hope to help continue growing the culture of CHOOSE 180 within our local community and beyond. I’d like to help define what it means to have a pivot moment, while also helping to create a space where youth have the opportunity to develop the skill-building capacity to not only be successful in avoiding engagement in the criminal legal system, but to be successful in life.”

 
Emily Westlake